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Youngstown school board: Don’t blame us for F grades

YOUNGSTOWN City school board members argue they should not be penalized for the district's fourth overall Ohio School Report Card failing grade, because all power was stripped from them and given to the district's chief executive officers with the passage of House Bill 70 in 2015. Now, ...

Youngstown school election to occur even though board is being eliminated

YOUNGSTOWN — Even though a state law will eliminate the existing Youngstown Board of Education, Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains said the Nov. 5 election will occur. “It’s not going to stop the election,” Gains said. “It will go forward. But whether those individuals elected ...

A new vision emerges for Youngstown Developmental Center

AUSTINTOWN The Mahoning Valley is poised to increase services to its most vulnerable populations in a unique setting. It will be a place that will encourage job creation, resource sharing, wrap-around techniques and increase quality of life for people that need access to developmental and ...

Prosecutor won’t indict Niles officers in Matthew Burroughs’ death

Watch the police dash-cam video here Read the complete report here. WARREN — Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, in a 35-page report, agrees with a grand jury’s conclusion that the two Niles officers who fatally fired upon Matthew Burroughs near his Royal Mall apartment Jan. 2 did ...

Some Valley schools get back to cursive writing

YOUNGSTOWN Teaching cursive handwriting has not been a requirement for Ohio school districts since 2010, but the Youngstown City School District is bringing back the requirement for kindergarten through the fifth grade starting this year. Other area school districts are looking at placing a ...

Supporters still seeking ‘Justice for Matt’

NILES — News that a grand jury will not be indicting two Niles police officers involved in the shooting death of Matthew Burroughs is sparking backlash from a community that for months has been calling for “Justice for Matt.” “We feel that has not happened today,” said the Rev. Todd ...

Sensory walk at Hubbard school gives students ‘brain break’

This year, the elementary school building has an indoor / outdoor sensory walk for students in grades K-4 to use. “The sensory walk is an area in the school where kids with sensory issues can go to relieve that issue that they have or whatever sensation that they have. A lot of our kids that ...

Ambulance company to begin defense Monday

YOUNGSTOWN — Attorneys representing an ambulance company will begin their case Monday, working to convince a jury the company is not liable for a 2015 murder and attack when its EMTs responded to the scene — but left unknowingly. Attorney David Engler wrapped up the plaintiff’s case ...

10 indicted in federal probe of drug deals

YOUNGSTOWN — Ten people are indicted for their roles in a conspiracy in which the leader allegedly controlled large shipments of fentanyl stamped into pills, heroin, cocaine and other drugs from Mexico to Cleveland while using a cellular phone smuggled into his prison cell at the Northeast ...

Mahoning elections chief touts new $2.25 million voting equipment

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County has new voting equipment that its board of elections director says will make counting ballots, particularly for early voters, easier. Training has begun on the $2.25 million worth of equipment, obtained through state funding. The most noticeable change will be ...